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MOOC is a free Web-based distance learning program that is designed for the participation of large numbers of geographically dispersed students. The acronym MOOC is pronounced with a long “oo” sound, to rhyme with kook rather than book. MOOC was launched in 2008 and the term MOOC was originated out of the open educational resources (OER) movement. The definition of MOOC is:
M-Massive: An online course designed for enormous number of participants within a wider context of scalability and community. Also, utilising social connections to determine which students are having difficulty with connecting to the institution.
O-Open: The course is open to everyone for registration and the content can be accessed to all people without limitations. The course can be completed for free and this will bring more users to an affordable educational resource for higher education.
O-Online: All aspects of course are delivered in real time interactions with the local cohorts.
C-Course: The course offers a self-paced experience. The completion of course is for student in fulfilment of the requirements for college-level. The course includes some kind of recognition such as badges / feedback for completion of course. The role of instructor is to offer possibilities for interaction such as social media channels, forums, blogs or RSS readers to build a learning community. The discussion will be initiated by the instructor using scripted assessment in MOOC videos.
MOOCs provide a new methodology and modality for teaching and learning. The newness does pose some problems for learners but also provides for exciting new possibilities. MOOCs require learners to be more proactive in their education and in building their personal learning networks. Everyone can be successful in a MOOC, provided that certain steps are taken and strategies devised before, during and after a MOOC.
Above all, UTM MOOC is one of the medium for UTM to be a globally-connected higher education player that is renowned for its academic and research expertise, particularly in niche areas such as Engineering, Technology and Research. UTM MOOCs used as a blended learning approach in higher learning institution to complement traditional teaching and learning methods. It is an innovative and competitive initiative to increase institutional visibility in the global higher education.